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Hey guys,

Never did I ever think I would own a Caselabs case. Yes they are gorgeous, yes their build quality cannot be matched, but getting me to spend $400+ on a case simply wasnt going to happen.

Then I stumbled across a Magnum M8 on my local craigslist. After a lot of research and looking at a bunch of ( ancient ) build logs here on the internets, and I decided to haggle the price and pull the trigger!

I got this beautiful case for $160, however there was one problem.... Its powder coated primer grey. I don't now, nor do I ever intend on building a computer inside a primer grey case, which leaves just one option gotta paint it!

So here she is, in all her original glory.


So, the first thing I did is tear down the case, literally unscrewing every screw I could find. Removing all the rubber grommets, power buttons, hinges and the window. Its around this time where I started to realize that this going to be much more of a project than I originally thought. The case broke down into 26 pieces that need to be painted.


Well, lets get this started. The first thing I do is use a rough scotch bright pad and give each part a good roughing up.


Then wipe off the dust with a microfiber cloth


Then give it a good shot with self etching primer


Then two thin even coats with flat charcoal grey paint


And the final product, now rinse and repeat 25 more times...


Fast forward 2 days and we are left with this. I started with all the large outside panels, mostly because I still need to mod the frame for a 360mm radiator to fit in the front of the psu compartment. Also.... Im scared to paint the frame, lots of funny angles.
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Now all the tedious little parts that need to be painted. More to come tomorrow!

Edited by Sean W. - 8/18/16 at 1:28am
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Very nice work, and you saved a ton of money!




But open toed shoes = trip to the hospital that will cost you 10x what you saved.
Edited by billbartuska - 8/18/16 at 5:30am
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Very nice work, and you saved a ton of money!




But open toed shoes = trip to the hospital that will cost you 10x what you saved.

I always work open toed in the summer too lol

subbed for the final results smile.gif
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Oh, you open toed rascals you!
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Alright, a big update!

So after finishing up painting all the big panels yesterday, I reassembled the case for safe keeping and I placed the case in the sun for a good 5ish hours, letting the paint bake on!


After letting the paint bake while I was out and about doing errands, I brought it in and put more of the front of the case back together. It was around this time that the UPS truck came and dropped off the 3x120mm flexbay radiator mount I ordered. It is powder coated a flat black. I'm really not sure if I want to keep it black or paint it grey. Input on this would be great!


I took the case back apart and started to tackle the modding that needed to be done to this case to get a 360mm radiator to fit in the front of the PSU compartment. When this case was made, I dont think there was really a standard for fan spacing on radiators, so the fans are about 25mm apart, which is way too far for the 15mm spacing of todays radiators, So not only did I need to drill new holes, but also needed to make cut some sheet metal away so the fans could breath as best as possible. I gotta say, this processes was much more enjoyable working with aluminum than working with steel cases.



Thats not to say tho that cut off disks are the worst thing ever. Probably wore through or broke 15 disks... hate


But got it done after a lot of doing and was able to get the fans clearanced and spaced like I need.






Well, with that done, time to rough up the frame and get it prepped for paint!
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And here it is! The frame completely torn down, washed throughly with soapy water and rinsed and ready for primer and paint! Thatlly be tomorrow!

Edited by Sean W. - 8/19/16 at 2:45am
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Alright, here it is, the final push in this build log. For all 11 of you who are looking at this post!

The frame was the last thing that needed to be painted, and after finishing modding it last night and getting it prepped for paint, the day has come.

Here the frame is hanging after the first coat of primer.


Here I have the finished painted frame sitting in the sun, baking the paint on.




Here is all the primer and paint I used on this project. Id rather not do the math on how much I spent on paint.


Here it is! all DONE and 100% assembled.


A final side by side shot, before and after! More pics come tommorow, glamour finish shots, but its 2:14am, time for bed now!
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Nice! When you going to paint the bike smile.gif
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Nice! When you going to paint the bike smile.gif

With all the overspray on it, I dont need to paint it! haha
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With all the overspray on it, I dont need to paint it! haha
where's the rest of the progress pics? smile.gif
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where's the rest of the progress pics? smile.gif

Its going to be some time before I build in this case. Probably not until after the 1080ti comes out...
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